ACC football teams participate in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the higher of two levels of Division I college football. The ACC is considered one of the current six "power conferences," and the ACC football champion receives an automatic bid to one of the Bowl Championship Series games each season.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the varsity sports teams of the University of Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish participate in 23 NCAADivision I intercollegiate sports. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, fencing, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, fencing, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball. Notre Dame is one of only 15 universities in the nation that plays Division I FBS football and Division I men's ice hockey. The school announced that it will be joining the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1, 2013. The school colors are blue and gold and the mascot is the Leprechaun.
Through the summer of 2010, Notre Dame has won 26 national championships since the NCAA has formed, 18 were won by men's teams, 5 by women's teams, and 4 by combined teams. The school has a comprehensive and nationally competitive Division I athletic program, but it is most famous for its football program. Notre Dame fielded its first football team in 1887. With eleven NCAA football championships, over 800 all time wins, seven Heisman Trophy winners, famous head coaches, a 73.6% winning percentage and the most consensus All-Americans of any school, Notre Dame football is one of the most storied programs both on the gridiron and college athletics in general.
The men's basketball team, coached by Mike Brey since 2000, has made 28 NCAA Tournament appearances and made it to the Final Four in 1978 under coach Digger Phelps. They are also known for ending UCLA's 88-game winning streak in 1974, a streak which had begun after Notre Dame had previously ended UCLA's 45-game winning streak in 1971. Notre Dame's women's basketball team, coached by Muffet McGraw, won the National Championship in 2001 by beating Purdue 68-66. Notre Dame has made it to the Sweet Sixteen in 6 out of the last 11 seasons, and has had 20 win seasons in 13 out of the past 14 seasons. Notre Dame's baseball team has made appearances in the College World Series in 1957 and 2002.